St. Cloud State University’s efforts to engage with the community has led to the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification for 2015.
“St. Cloud State is honored that the Carnegie Foundation has recognized the university’s commitment to working and growing with community partners and businesses,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter III.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching defines Community Engagement as “the collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities.” The purpose of the honor is to enrich scholarship, research and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; and strengthen civic responsibility. It is based on voluntary participation by institutions to document the institution’s mission, identity and commitments.
assistant professor of social work
St. Cloud State is one of 10 Minnesota schools and one of three Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to receive this classification. Currently, 361 campuses in the United States have received the Community Engagement Classification.
For more than 20 years the University has delivered life-altering experiences to more than 2,500 young people through its summer camps.
In June, St. Cloud State will be putting on a Math and Science Computer Camp for grades three through eight. This five day program is designed to expose students from underrepresented groups to natural sciences, math, and computers in fun and innovative ways.
Along with summer camps, the University has been acknowledged for several community engagement awards.
In 2014, St. Cloud State was recognized with the Live United Award from the United Way for giving, advocating, volunteering and go above and beyond for the community. St. Cloud State’s project involvement with the United Way involves initiatives like Project 325, communication campaign on Homelessness, Husky Clean-up and other civic engagement activities and events.
Project 325 was designed through collaboration with a St. Cloud State democratic citizenship class and the United Way. It represents 325 homeless youth in Central Minnesota in 2013.
“My hope is that it shows that students and faculty care about what happens beyond the boundaries of our campus,” Sheila Moriarty, assistant professor of social work. “We are a global society on one hand and a next door neighbor to homelessness on the other. We have the power to create a community of caring and connection far beyond what happens in the classroom.”
St. Cloud State originally applied and received the Carnegie classification in 2010 and did not need to reapply in 2015. The renewed delegation will remain active for the next five years.